Deafblind UK is a national charity supporting people with sight and hearing loss to live the lives they want. Empowerment is at Deafblind UK's heart; through their range of free services they help people to build their confidence and independence; continuing their lives beyond sight and hearing loss. Losing your sight and hearing can be frightening. Deafblind UK's team of experts are there every step of the way to reassure, advise or just to be someone to turn to if there is no one else. There are estimated to be almost 2,200 people with dual sensory loss in Bristol. The Foundation recently awarded £5,000 towards work with elderly deafblind people in the City of Bristol.
Missing People are an independent charity funded by donations. Missing people search for missing people on behalf of the friends and family left behind and provide specialised support to ease their heartache and confusion. On average, around 10,000 children and adults are reported missing to Avon and Somerset police each year. Missing people offer a lifeline to the missing and for those left behind, with a free, confidential helpline available 24 hours a day by phone, text and email. The Foundation recently awarded £3,000 towards cost of supporting vulnerable children, adults and families within the City of Bristol
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Windmill Hill City Farm Chief Executive Steve Sayers and John James Bristol Foundation’s Chairman Joan Johnson with the John James commemorative board. The John James Commemorative boards have been created by the Foundation as a snapshot into the life of John James and the legacy that is continued by the Foundation. In 1976 John James gave £2,000 for Windmill Hill City Farm to be built on the site of his old home and the Foundation has continued to support the farm over the years. The board has been hung in the new café at the farm.
Julia Norton will be retiring from the John James Bristol Foundation at the end of August after almost 21 years of dedicated service to the Foundation. All at the Foundation will miss Julia’s vast knowledge both of the historical background to the formation of the Foundation and of the beneficiaries who have received grants over the years. Everyone wishes Julia a long and very happy retirement and are grateful for all that she has done.
To replace Julia, as Chief Executive, the Trustees are delighted to have appointed Louise Hanson who is well qualified for the role. Louise was the Bursar of Clifton College and comes with a wealth of experience which will be of huge benefit to the Foundation into the future.
On 22nd June 2017, 99 elderly Bristol citizens joined the Foundation at The Bristol Hotel for an afternoon tea. The afternoon consisted of good food and members from BLOC Productions sang songs from their upcoming show "My Fair Lady", followed by a sing-a-long. The day ended with a raffle for each table. Tickets for BLOC's "My Fair Lady", were included in the raffle. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
A snapshot of recent activity at the Foundation.